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Wellbeing

We are aware that, following the news of school closures and the current situation we are
experiencing, many of our community may be feeling concerned and anxious at this time. 
In order to support with this, we have put together below some links to
websites/resources/videos (including talking about the Coronavirus with your family, coping
with anxiety, activities for families in self-isolation and looking after your mental and
physical health) that you or your child may find useful. 
Some links are aimed at parents and others at young people. We are also aware that some
families have much younger or primary school aged children, therefore, there are also
links aimed at this age group as well as social stories to assist parents/carers with explaining
the situation to those children who are much younger. 
The wellbeing of our students remains as important as it always has done, and we would ask
that if you have any concerns regarding your son or daughters mental health in the coming
weeks, that you let us know so we can support where possible. 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Dennis
Assistant Headteacher and SENCO
heidi.dennis@sjwms.org.uk

Information about the virus and ideas for family activities whilst self-isolating:
http://www.southendlearningnetwork.co.uk/educationalpsychology  


Young Minds - what to do if you are anxious about the virus:
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/  


Child Mind Institute - Talking to kids about coronavirus;
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


Social stories/stories with visuals for Primary age children: 
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-story-for-children- 1.pdf  


For families of early years age children including an activity guide:
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus
 
https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3264-at-home-activity-guide


For parent-focused ideas from Special Needs Jungle about how to support children with
anxiety around coronavirus, including an easy-read explanation for children and adults
with learning difficulties: 
https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone- else/#Update


Information for parents on the virus translated into different languages:
https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/


Video with guidance for Parents/Carers on supporting young people:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnANLAcpRZ4&feature=youtu.be 

Wellbeing Statement

SJWMS Aim:

The school is committed to supporting pupils with recognised mental health conditions.

The school is committed to promoting positive mental health and resilience within the school setting in order to allow the pupils to feel safe and have a sense of belonging.

The school will offer continuous professional development to staff to promote early identification of mental health difficulties.

The school will work closely with parents and carers as well as with the pupils themselves when dealing with mental health difficulties.

The school will seek the advice & support of medical professionals & services when severe problems occur.

The school is committed to adopting a ‘whole-school approach’ in regards to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing amongst pupils, staff and parents and establishing various support mechanisms for all.

SJWMS Objectives:

To identify and provide for pupils who have mental health difficulties.

To support all pupils in becoming more emotionally resilient and mentally healthy.

To add pupils who have severe mental health difficulties to the SEN register & identify them as having SEN status.

To include pupils who have SEN status as a result of their mental health difficulties in the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Process in terms 2, 4 and 6 where appropriate.

To make sure all staff are offered appropriate training to allow them to recognise and safely support pupils with mental health difficulties.

To work with pupils and families and make sure the views, wishes and feelings of pupils and their families are always considered.

To seek advice from the school counsellor, educational psychologist and other medical professionals and services when the mental health needs of an individual pupil become too complex for the school to manage at a pastoral level.

To have termly Mental Health meetings with all Heads of Year, the SEN and SLT team, and the school counsellor to discuss and review the needs of the pupils in school presenting with Mental Health concerns.

To provide support to staff through training, CPD and the appraisal and line management system, as well as access to the various in-school support on offer e.g. counsellor.

To provide support to parents through pastoral support liaison, drop in sessions, training/information evenings and access to external professional agencies.

Who can I talk to in school?

Lower School

Mrs Manchaud-Green - Head of Lower School

Miss N Keyes - Head of Year 7

Mrs R Breach - Head of Year 8

Miss K Cook - Head of Year 9

Mrs S Huxted - Pastoral Support Officer

Middle School

Mr C Heather - Head of Middle School

Mr B Ward - Head of Year 10

Mr D Coate - Head of Year 11

Mrs K Ross - Pastoral Support Assistant

Sixth Form

Mr K Bailey - Head of Sixth Form

Mr C Loizou - Head of Year 12

Mr A Milne - Head of Year 13

Mrs F Jennings - Student Services

SEN

Mrs H Dennis - SENCO and Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Learning Support Assistants: Mrs R Nankervis, Mrs S Hyder, Mrs C Carberry, Mrs V Lewis, Mrs H Kingham and Miss N Syplywczak

Safeguarding

Mr C Morris - Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead

Provision

The school has extensive and diverse provision in place in order to support the wellbeing of its whole community. This includes pastoral monitoring/liaison, in-house counsellors, external agency involvement and sessions from external mental health providers for students, staff and parents.

If you have any concerns at all, please do not hesitate to contact the school on 01634 844 008 – please see the ‘Who can I talk to?’ section for guidance on the best placed member of staff to contact.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Please click here to view our Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy

Wellbeing Award for Schools

In order to recognise and extend all of the work the school does to support the wellbeing and mental health of our students, staff and parents, we are working towards the Wellbeing Award for Schools.

This award was developed in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), and is intended to help schools prepare and equip themselves to promote emotional wellbeing and positive mental health across the whole-school community.

The Award encourages the use of a ‘whole-school approach’ where all aspects of the school experience are harnessed to promote the emotional wellbeing and mental health of pupils, staff and parents. If you have any queries relating to the Wellbeing Award for Schools, please speak to Mrs H Dennis.

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MIND at The Math

The school works closely with the Mental Health Charity, ‘Mind’. The charity will be running Parent drop-in sessions at school on the following dates:

Year 13 Parents – 26th September 2019 6pm-8pm

Year 11 Parents – 14th October 2019 6pm-8pm

Year 7 Parents – 12th November 2019 6pm-8pm

Year 12 Parents – 10th December 2019 6pm-8pm

Year 9 Parents – 15th January 2020 6pm-8pm

Year 10 Parents – 26th February 2020 6pm-8pm

Year 8 Parents – 14th May 2020 6pm-8pm

‘Mind’ will also be delivering a training session to parents aimed at raising awareness of, and providing coping strategies for, Mental Health and Wellbeing in young people on Monday 13th January 2020 at 4:30pm in the Main Hall. A letter regarding this session and booking a place will be sent out to parents nearer the time. 

Useful Websites

www.mind.org.uk
www.youngminds.org.uk
www.nspcc.org.uk
www.time-to-change.org.uk
www.talktofrank.com
www.headstogether.org.uk
www.childline.org.uk
www.samaritans.org.uk

 

Please find below links to some information, resources and guidance on a range of wellbeing topics. There is a lot of different information in varying formats that will not be suitable for everyone, but certain aspects may be useful to you and your family:

Wellbeing Date  
2020 Covid 19 time capsule sheets 30th Apr 2020 Download
Covid 19 Support Package MIND 30th Apr 2020 Download
COVID 19 Parent support document 1 30th Apr 2020 Download
Healthy eating code breaker maths activity sheet english ver 3 30th Apr 2020 Download
Ks3 nutrition and digestion whats your idea powerpoint ver 3 30th Apr 2020 Download
Medway CYP Covid Bulletin April 2020 30th Apr 2020 Download
OCD and coronavirus COVID 19 Summary 30th Apr 2020 Download
Staying Calm 30th Apr 2020 Download
Wellbeing Links Website 30th Apr 2020 Download
Parent guidance for communication activity 07th May 2020 Download
Wellbeing Links 2 07th May 2020 Download
Parent Covid flyer MEDWAY 07th May 2020 Download
Youth Covid flyer MEDWAY landscape 07th May 2020 Download
Mental health support Covid19 North Kent Medway 07th May 2020 Download
Tips for adults COVID19 07th May 2020 Download
Thought Record Worksheet 07th May 2020 Download
Virtual ADHD information sessions May 2020 07th May 2020 Download
Thinking Differently 07th May 2020 Download
Better Medway social media May 14th May 2020 Download
Resilience Poster 14th May 2020 Download
Stay at home poster 1 14th May 2020 Download
STAY AT HOME Stars 3 14th May 2020 Download
Medway Council photo consent form 14th May 2020 Download
Return to School Wellbeing Support May 2020 21st May 2020 Download
Parent and professionals post 16 options 21st May 2020 Download
Wellbeing links Medway.docx 21st May 2020 Download
Thinkuknow 4 5s home activity sheet 5 04th Jun 2020 Download
Thinkuknow 5 7s home activity sheet 5 04th Jun 2020 Download
Thinkuknow 8 10s home activity sheet 5 04th Jun 2020 Download
Thinkuknow 11 13s home activity sheet 5 04th Jun 2020 Download
Thinkuknow 14 home activity sheet 5 04th Jun 2020 Download
Cco parents digital safety wellbeing kit 04th Jun 2020 Download
Cco childrens digital safety wellbeing kit 04th Jun 2020 Download
Family Lives 04th Jun 2020 Download
Triple P 04th Jun 2020 Download
SchoolisopeningSocialStoryexample1 11th Jun 2020 Download
SchoolisopeningSocialStoryexample2 11th Jun 2020 Download
SchoolisopeningSocialStoryexample3 11th Jun 2020 Download
Pandemics and the Coronavirus 11th Jun 2020 Download
WorriesandAnxieties 11th Jun 2020 Download
Parent and professionals post 16 options June 11th Jun 2020 Download
Coronavirus dealing with effects toolkit 11th Jun 2020 Download
Wellbeing Links 18.6.2020 18th Jun 2020 Download
ADHD Information Sessions Parents July 2020 09th Jul 2020 Download
Coffee morning July 09th Jul 2020 Download